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Posts Made By: Darrell Fichtl

October 8, 2004 07:00 PM Forum: Politics

I tried, I really did!

Posted By Darrell Fichtl

I tried to watch the debates but my wonderful wife fixed such a terrific dinner I was afraid I was going to loose the whole thing. Ten minutes into the mess I turned it off again!



October 9, 2004 08:17 AM Forum: Politics

Political Dead Horse

Posted By Darrell Fichtl

Tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that, “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”

However, in government, civic and charitable groups, education, unions, and corporations more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride horses.

5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.

6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.

7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.

8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.

9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase dead horse’s performance.

10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse’s performance.

11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.

12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.

13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.


October 9, 2004 03:32 PM Forum: Politics

Liberterian Party

Posted By Darrell Fichtl

How many caught Bill Moyers NOW Friday night?

Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik, when asked about social security, which he is against, felt that charity will take care of those old folks who can't make it on their own.

He feels that government is robbing the people to pay for social security. Wow, what a great guy.

I've been paying into SS since I was 13. I don't know what he expects me to do now. Just forget it?

Talk about conservative, he's slightly to the right of Attila the Hun. He makes hsuB look like a Communist liberal!


October 10, 2004 10:03 AM Forum: Equipment Talk

Electric focuser

Posted By Darrell Fichtl

I've not been too pleased with the electric focuser supplied with the Meade 10" LX200 GPS. The range of focus is rather limited.

Has anyone tried something else and how did it work.


October 11, 2004 09:21 AM Forum: Birding Optics and Photos


Posted By Darrell Fichtl

Didn't get the coyote but I did get a rabbit with the bird.
(Check just to the left and above the roadrunner's head)

October 11, 2004 04:14 PM Forum: Birding Optics and Photos

Not exactly a bird.

Posted By Darrell Fichtl

Not exactly a bird but we grow'em BIG down here. He's 3" from head to tail.


October 11, 2004 09:36 PM Forum: Politics

Re: Libs take lesson from Nixon

Posted By Darrell Fichtl


Old proverb; Don't believe everything you hear and only half of what you see.

In this day and age, as far as politics are concerned, and this close to election, believe nothing.

And after all, isn't Osama about ready to pop out of the woodwork either dead or alive in cuffs?


October 12, 2004 10:07 AM Forum: Politics

Atlas Shrugged

Posted By Darrell Fichtl

I was listening to the Dianne Reams show on PBS this morning. The topic was on the flu vaccine shortage.

Doesn't this sound a little like "Atlas Shrugged"?

Granted in the book Rand talked about steel but isn't it the same thing. Poor planning, no follow through, inept management, government that doesn't care?

Where are we headed guys/gals?


October 14, 2004 12:00 PM Forum: Politics

Osama in the Box.

Posted By Darrell Fichtl

Let's take a pole on Osama in the Box!

How many think hsuB will trip the lid before the election?

hsuB - "Ahhhmmm, we just found him."

Errrr, Right! So where was he before you "just found him?"


October 16, 2004 02:40 PM Forum: Politics

Re: three Bushes?

Posted By Darrell Fichtl

He watched "The Three Faces of Eve" too often. For hsuB that's an excellent strategy.